Originally Posted by MikeToronto
Yeah, like Bird has been such a great GM. Better than McHale, mind you, but really nothing to be excited about. Thanks, but no thanks.
As an executive, (head of basketball operations/GM/whatever), Bird has been involved in some very good moves.
When Bird tookover, Zeke was fired and the Pacers hired Rick Carlisle. They immediately became an elite team, increased their win total by 13, and won 60+ games.
The "Mallice and the Palace" killed that team and set back the organization several years. They had tainted assests. Any GM would have had trouble getting value in trades.
Bird showed a lot of patience when the Pacers decided to rebuild around 2007-2008. They had some long term contracts with little flexibility. Now they have some decent young players, cap flexibility, and are primed to land a top 6 seed, at least, for this year's playoffs. The future is bright for Indiana, and Bird got them there.
Oh, and people, myself included, are going to need to cut McHale some slack. He sucked because he REALLY botched the Garnett deal. He should have traded him to the Bulls for Deng and the pick that landed Aldridge. However, McHale raped the 2008 draft. He flipped Mayo for K-Love, and then drafted Pekovic. Kahn and Babcock should be sucking off McHale for giving them that frontcourt.